Community leaders honored public safety personnel throughout Cobb during an Oct. 7 event, kicking off a week-long appreciation of these professionals. The award ceremony at Cobb Galleria Centre included the selection of EMT-Intermediate Kim Burnette as Public Safety Employee of the Year. In June 2012, Burnette was travelling to her shift at MetroAtlanta Ambulance when she witnessed a hit-and-run accident. After notifying a bystander to call 911, she began CPR. After several minutes of CPR, the truck driver began breathing on his own and Burnette kept the patient in a stable condition until EMS arrived. The Medal of Valor is the highest award recognizing an individual for an act of bravery in a life-threatening situation. This year it was presented to two nominees: Officers Grant Goforth and Rachel Sneed of the Cobb Police Department, who rescued a man from the Chattahoochee River in 2012. To read the biographies of each nominee and the actions that led to their nominations, visit cobbchamber.org/publicsafety.